Once a month, we will be posting an issue of Early Man from our archives. This November we begin with issue No. 1 from June of 1974. Along with making the issue accessible on our website, we will also highlight one story or item from the issue that we feel is particularly interesting or relevant. For this first issue, however, we bring you a summary of the origins and demise of Early Man.
In June of 1974, the Foundation for Illinois Archeology (FIA; precursor to the CAA) began publishing a small newsletter simply entitled Early Man. This mailing kept the thousands of private donors to the Koster “Expedition” abreast of the project’s latest developments and discoveries. Early Man also documented the numerous other excavations of the Northwestern University Archeological Program taking place in the lower Illinois River valley.
As Koster came to a close, the newsletter transitioned into a quarterly magazine focusing not only on activities in Kampsville, but also reporting on current themes in North American archeology. With the Spring 1979 issue, Early Man was rebranded as the “Magazine of Modern Archeology”. No longer just a report of the Northwestern University Archeological Program and the FIA, Early Man became a publication aimed at promoting archeology as a relevant aspect of modern life. Content was aimed at professionals and interested nonspecialists alike.
Publication of Early Man was suspended in September of 1983. Subscribers were notified of the discontinuation through a letter penned by its publisher, Stuart Struever.
Although producing a glossy, full-color magazine became cost prohibitive for the CAA, newsletters continued under the refreshed title The Prehistoric Times. Since 1984, The Prehistoric Times has been keeping members and friends of the CAA informed of our events, research, and programs.
This project would not have been possible without the welcomed donations of Joseph Lambert and Alice Berkson. Their collections of CAA archival material will help us to preserve the experiences of this storied institution. If you have CAA ephemera, photographs, or a story of your time here in Kampsville we would love know! Please share your experiences with us on our Facebook page or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org